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Hi everyone! My name is Kay. I am back to SparkPeople after a long break. A few years ago I lost 40 pounds with Spark and haven't had easy computer access for a while, so it became something I had to walk away from.

I have recently been sick every 1-2 weeks for the last 5 plus months. I have identified a few things that definitely make me sick, but there is something else that I haven't found yet. My doctor is completely unwilling to help. He has ordered labs wrong twice and that is all he is willing to do. All fake sugars make me painfully sick (most people do not believe me when I tell them this - they think it is my excuse to not "eat diet"). Peanuts, popcorn (or something in the microwave and movie theater popcorn), avocado, pumpkin, and milk are all positively identified as something that has consistently made me ill. Obviously nothing is medically identified.

It has been suggested to me to go clean and gluten/sugar free for a few weeks and then reintroduce foods so that I can identify what is bothering me. But this is truly one of the scariest and most overwhelming thoughts I can imagine right now.

I am also being treated for hypothyroidism, and I do not have a gallbladder. I feel like I absolutely can not eat anything!!!! I am afraid over every food imaginable. I am missing work, or working while being horribly sick, which tends to make me even more ill.

This last time I was sick I realized the people that I work with, my family, my friends, none of them understand. They all keep saying I'm too stressed and that is what makes me sick. They all have an opinion about what you can and can't be allergic to or intolerant to.

Needless to say I was so glad to find this group!

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9/27/13 7:45 P

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How many people on this team use artificial sweeteners? Everyone that said, "Me" or "I do" or even "sometimes" should STOP them!!

At least two of my siblings had told me that artificial sweeteners gave them problems, but I didn't pay much attention.Then I found a new doctor who told me aspartame (Equal) and most (if not all) artificial sweeteners are "Poison." She also promised me that if I stopped using them, my digestion would definitely improve. She was right!

I have quit using artificial sweeteners for over a month and I can tell you that I haven't felt this good in 20+ years. Most of my "allergies" have totally disappeared! I'm still avoiding nuts and onions as much as possible, but I can eat a lot of things I wouldn't have before.

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8/6/13 2:54 P

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I need a resource that will help me creatively eat with allergies to COFFEE, GLUTEN, GRAPE, LOBSTER, SHRIMP,YEAST (BAKER'S AND BREWERS), EGG, PEANUT, APPLE, RYE, OAT, POTATO, TOMATO, SUGAR CANE.....

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My doctor tried to cut it down to the top five Coffee, Gluten, egg, dairy, and yeast even with that I do not know what to eat. Any help will be appreciated.
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5/2/13 8:31 P

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Hi Tresa,

You will be hard pressed to find frozen foods without soy by products as an added nutrient and preservative in it. (It is also used in cereals by the way, so check those too. ) You might have luck with some of the Annie's products, or something that says natural or no preservatives, but even then natural doesn't mean no soy. I have cut out frozen processed food because of this,and have taken to making and freezing my own in portions. The same with pot pies, which I use my own dough with. But when you are allergic to corn, carrots and peas, you got to get creative with those. :) As I understand it, soy is an easy way for companies to add protein for a low cost, and it sometimes acts as a binder, so it is difficult to find things without them. In regards to soups, I have better experiences with boxed soups and dried varieties that I add my own broth to. Basically, you have to look beyond the canned varieties and shop the upper shelves, where the unique stuff is.

With your allergies, you might want to try a rotation diet like what I am doing. If you want more info, you can message me and I will tell you all about it. It's really helping me. :)


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5/2/13 8:04 P

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Hi, Lissa. Thank you for the reply. I use a lot of prepackaged foods such as soup, Michelina entres, and the occasional pot pie. Apparently, they use some form of soy in all of these. Right now, I'm buying the ones that have Soy or Onion in the "Less than 2%" list.

If you can tell me what doesn't have these products, then I would appreciate that.

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5/2/13 6:22 P

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Hi Tresa7
Welcome to my club. ;) I feel your packaged food issue. I have that one and the latest realization of the many names of corn... Everything has corn or soy in it. I rarely eat anything packaged and read everything closely. Is there something specific you are looking for that I can help with? It's been a challenging road, but I am getting the hang of this food allergy thing. :)


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5/2/13 5:44 P

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Hello. I recently figured out that I'm allergic to soy and/or I don't digest it well. I've known I can't eat peanuts or peanut butter for quite some time and soybeans are so closely related it's a wonder I hadn't thought of it before. Now, I'm finding out that most store-bought foods have soy in them!

It's not how many times you fall that matters; it's how many times you get up. - Anonymous

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers


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1/19/13 5:37 P

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Hello. My name is Theresa and this is my second time with this team. I once felt like I couldn't eat anything, but I've noticed lately that some things aren't hurting me or, at least they aren't hurting as much.

For instance, I used to be afraid of anything with the tiniest bit of onion or dried onion in it. Now, it doesn't bother me. I'm still not going to eat raw onion, but I can eat a few more things.

What has changed? I'm not sure if it's the whole reason, but I have less stress in my life lately! Since my digestive system is very sensitive, I'm pretty sure that makes a big difference.

It's not how many times you fall that matters; it's how many times you get up. - Anonymous

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers


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1/6/13 3:27 P

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I feel like I have found a club of non-foody foodies. My name is Melissa. I love to cook and enjoy all sorts of food but have a new love hate relationship with it. I have been a member of Spark for a while, having successfully lost much of my weight. I was finally diagnosed with food allergies in October after feeling awful and having reactions ranging from dermatitis to severe stomach pain and throat closing experiences. I am sensitive to some normal things like milk. But I am allergic to nickel, which I learned is in food. (Who knew?) Basically the healthier I got, the more intolerant I became and my allergy grew. Various lettuces, broccoli, legumes (soy, beans, peas, etc.), seeds, most nuts, whole grains (whole grain and multi grain breads/pasta, oatmeal), carrots, parsnips... I could go on and on... It's all out. Anything in a can is also out. If I eat tuna, it feels like I am dying, in the can't breath, stomach pain, kind of way. This whole food allergy has messed with my diet and my body, making my weight fluctuate 10 pounds in either direction, so I am trying to get a handle on it. When I am a perfect eater I feel wonderful. If I slip up unknowingly (it's hard to remember everything), hello weight, misery, and skin conditions for days. I am currently developing new recipes to feel like my favorites, but nickel free or low nickel modifications. If anyone else is allergic to nickel and has to follow a low nickel diet, I would love to hear from you!


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12/16/12 9:25 P

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Seems like I've found my place with this group! I fit in--yay!! I am allergic to: soy, bean, dairy, corn, gluten and most grains except rice, nuts and seeds except almonds, pork, shellfish, all sugars, yeast, most fruits, many vegetable (including all nightshades, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) potatoes, and I guess the list could go on. But someone above mentioned it is better to focus on what we CAN eat. I was seriously anemic and starving--always hungry, blacking out, etc. My specialist suggested that since my diet is so limited, I weigh what I eat against each other--example: I was eating a lot of lettuce, thinking it contained a lot of vitamins. He told me that it contained relatively few vitamins compared to the energy I could get from eating one avocado. I also can still eat sweet potatoes and yams (allergic to white potatoes). He told me I should be eating one of those a day as they are much higher in nutrition than, say a bunch of rice, which is mostly just carbs. Anyway, I use coconut milk and oil as a way to maintain weight and to add richness to my diet (also to help me feel full. I noticed foods that contain little or no fat are NOT FILLING and I could not keep my weight stable.) I am going to check into the things some of you suggested--I can tell this site is going to be a great help to me!

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10/21/12 9:30 P

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I don't necessarily have a food allergy, but I don't digest soy well, and don't do well with eggs and regular milk (though organic is totally ok). I've been watching everything. Soy is in almost every bread product, so I've been watching my food very carefully. Once I realized that I couldn't handle soy (it goes straight through), I removed all soy from my diet and realized that I didn't get nearly enough protein, without drinking tons of milk. I also don't eat much in the way of meat/fish. Does anyone have suggestions for adding protein without too much extra in the way of carbs/fat? I have looked into quinoa, and should be using it more often, but I can't most days.

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Hello group. Idef feel like I cant eat anything atleast I cant eat the unhealthy stuff. besides the seasonal allergies, I cant eat peanuts, shell fish, fish, wheat, and dairy, Thats in everything and it is so hard. I also have asthma and food kinda triggers it. I really need some help here. emoticon


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7/25/12 9:50 P

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Quinoa is the best thing since gum!! You can put it in any thing

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7/25/12 9:42 P

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I'll have to try quinoa. We're looking into celiac since going gluten free seems to have made a huge difference.

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7/25/12 9:16 A

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Quinoa, is a gluten free grain that has I believe 8 grams of protein per serving contains essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

You wash it (unless it's prewashed) then boil it, and season. It can be used a million ways.


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Thank you for the suggestions to try the ginger and peppermint tea. I'm going to try them this week. I have allergies to soy and beans and appear to have an allergy to something else, although the allergist and I are trying to figure out what the 3rd food is. Many thanks.

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Hi, I am new. I am trying to loose weight.... been fighting my weight since 13. I am now allergic to milk and bananas. On top of that I have become oversensitive to SOY.... it shuts down my thyroid... and to loose weight... we need a working thyroid. All of the old 'off the shelf' diet tools are off limits.

So beef is for me. I like beans...but you always expect to have them with a little cheese or sour cream.. so sad...

I have also suffered from depression, and found that I cannot tolerate aspertame.

So I have to eat so basically, and watch so carefully... They put SOY in bread so they can increase the protien and that makes it healthy... I am not too sure my sensitivities are not because of the 'manufactured diet food' that I had been eating for years. Hope that I am the only one with this...

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6/6/12 5:57 P

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I understand all that since I'm allergic (Intollerent) to milk, beans, ginger and a whole lot more. Have you heard of NAOTS? It's a way of aleiviating allergies. Google it. It may help

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5/28/12 8:41 P

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I drink a lot of ginger tea as I am still trying to pinpoint my food allergies. I've been lactose intolerant for years and now think I have allergies to wheat, nuts, and beans. Cutting those three seems to have made my stomach and allergies better. I understand what it's like to feel like you can't eat anything. My staples are rice and lean meat since after my last attempt at beans I was in rough shape for 3 days.

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5/9/12 10:50 P

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Have any of you tried Peppermint Tea or Ginger Tea? Peppermint pills also help with digestive troubles. I highly recommend either the peppermint pills or a combination of the two teas (Ginger tea is a bit harsh by itself.)!!

It's not how many times you fall that matters; it's how many times you get up. - Anonymous

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Welcome to the spark pages and their wonderful avenues to perk up any stale recipe hunt down or add a smile when you capture another weight loss tip, this is the place! We love it, here.

I was in this very wheel of mixed messages. It has been 7 years; I believe I have come out more on the back side than just beginning my new odyssey. I avoid thousands of things I once used in my daily life.

Citric acid is natural in whole food but up-sets my gut, so does sulfites, nitrates and dextrose. Every fresh sweet organic fruit with measured and government logged amounts of these naturally occurring properties must be avoided or curtailed enough to remove the residual inflammation from food causes by known fresh and heavily laced processes foods.

If I was going to make a change for the better in my weight loss program, ‘I Must Change’ for me meant, ‘scrupulously controlled’ in my little world on my plate. Yeast, corn, soy, buckwheat, millet are not recommended for me; nor are the animal proteins that were fed these protein grains in the feel lots. No eggs and most fermented foods are out of my options loop for various medically measured negative responses that were weakening my health.

Dairy is a mixed bag. Some have sulfites and some have additives and hormone laces and antibiotic ‘extras’ that actually hurt. I adore butters and mozzarella cheese of just: milk and enzyme cultures and nothing else.

The emergency rations provided by our government will cause migraine headaches were I to eat from it.

I scrupulously control to zero tolerance on all gluten, yet I am not classified by doctors as Celiac.

I avoid all foods generated by restaurants. Not even a plain steak and a plain salad!

My bottom is not small yet, but my bottom line has healthy guidelines and doctor approved food choices that do not clash with my need for my own willingness to acheive doing my team of doctors’ allergy and intolerance control theme.
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I don't think gluten bothers me (notice I said "think"), but I have problems with all the other stuff you do plus onion, tree nuts, grapes, and seeds of ANY size (I can't even eat whole strawberries and I absolutely love them). Add onto that I think I'm having a bad reaction to cinnamon (which I also love) and you can see how much I'm restricted!

Can you drink chocolate milk (the chocolate reduces the effects of lactose)? Can you eat American cheese or Mozzarella (they're low on lactose)? Have you tried hominy? I can't eat corn because of the outer shell, but I can eat hominy!

Try these (if u haven't already) and check for recipes!! I'm afraid I don't know enough about a Vegan lifestyle to make any more suggestions.

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I think you might find this website useful for recipes and ideas. I will also post to the main blog page as well and see if we can get more helpful websites like this.

The author has many allergies or intolerances, she also has a nice page under the tab "how to go gluten free" that also has other allergies to note.

I love this website. I am dairy free and my friend is celiac so this helps me cook for both of us.

glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

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I don't have NEARLY the host of allergies you do, but I'm dairy sensitive and have been looking for a protein powder that isn't made of whey. I ended up going for an egg protein powder, but one that I tried that isn't half bad if you have a good blender is Spirutein. It's a blend of three different kinds of vegetable proteins so that each shake has a complete amino acid profile. Give that a try. I had a roommate who went vegan, and when she was new to it, she definitely didn't get enough protein!

I also have a hard time digesting nuts, although I wouldn't say I'm sensitive. I use a lot of coconut products to replace dairy because it's a little easier on my stomach. Coconut milk is a staple in my refrigerator, and I'm just starting to figure out the mystery of coconut flour (it's a mystery, seriously!)

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go to a good supplement store where you can get Protein powder. I am gluten, egg, dairy and most meats free. there is one that I find is yucky LOL but its for vegans. I think its called Vega or something like that. look around because some places are cheaper. right now I use Dymatize. I tend to switch around each time I run out. I have been okay with Whey protein so far, just if I drink milk or eat cheese I get really sick. I know Whey is a Dairy. I am just starting to cook my own gluten free foods. the speciality food shop at Sick Kids in Toronto does mail order in North America and they have tons of food to choose from. myself I even find nuts can cause problems so I only use them if I am cooking versus buying them to munch on.

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Wow! I though I had it bad. I don't eat gluten, eggs or nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillas etc.) Gluten is the easiest to avoid I think. I also agree with the posters who recommend focusing on what you CAN eat.

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Oh I completely understand where you are coming from. It would be easier to tell you what I CAN eat rather than what I am allergic to. My diet is so limited I sometimes wonder how I manage not to starve to death. But really, there are so many foods you can try. I am allergic to 47 foods (if you count white corn, yellow corn and blue corn as one) and I am lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant. Egg yolks aren't too kind to me either.

But I do manage to eat a balanced diet. I keep my foods rotated on a 3 day rotation diet and try to vary what I am eating.

As for calcium, broccoli, kale, chickpeas, watercress, apricots, and brown rice are good sources of calcium just off the top of my head.

Good sources of protein: roasted pumpkin seeds, lentils, pecans, beans (pinto, kidney, great northern, pink, navy) and chickpeas.

I really hope this helps! Good luck to you!

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emoticon You think being home is bad? You should try this HOSPITAL food. Yesterday they gave me 1/2 boiled potato and a roll. That's it! That was dinner!!! Good thing I was at the grocery when I had my "spell" (they are testing me for heart attack). I had two bags of fresh fruit. Notice I said "had"! I've been eating them like crazy since I've been in here 3 days!

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Oh sorry Onicam! I should have specified I was replying to the original poster.

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no chocolate that is an allergy, but I also do not see it as healthy. I add beans in as often as I can, but that means that I would be making 2 of the same dish because my step-dad cannot have any lagumes at all. I cannot eat oyster due to the shellfish allergy.

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There's still tons you can eat! Soy/tofu, coconut, all the legumes and beans out there, fruits and vegetables galore, and all the wonderful grains and starches that are gluten-free like rice, buckwheat, millet, teff, potatoes, etc.

Plus, chocolate and wine! Look on the bright side!

It's definitely tough to get enough protein on a vegan diet. have you thought of adding a smoothie with hemp protein or a soy protein and soy/rice/almond milk and fruit? Also, making sure you have beans or legumes at every meal is crucial. Chickpeas, pinto beans, cannellini beans, adzuki beans, lentils, there's lots of options. If you're having a dinner of quinoa with stir-fried vegetables, make up a pot of lentils to go with it, for example. Or you can try mujadarra (the Middle Eastern lentil and rish dice) as a side that also includes some protein.

This last suggestion may be controversial but some people say some shellfish is suitable for vegans. I'm on an oyster kick lately, and they don't have a central nervous system and can't "feel" anything, so they are almost like plants. They're also very sustainable if you live near a coastal area, and are usually not too expensive. From what I can tell it is very ethical to eat them, whatever your reason for being a vegan is.

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Nutritional testing, as in any lab work, should be requested by a doctor and reviewed with you can guide you to get what is missing by knowing what you do have and absorb and what is needed by the holes. A naturopathic guide can help. Bad teeth are a sign of missing micro mineral molybdenum. Not enough boron can delay broken bone healing. Too much calcium might create bone spurs. Stress and lack of sun shine/ sun time can reduce resistance to infections and viruses. Sometimes more ‘D’ can help, especially when the lab report shows a need.

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I could use some help with my diet as well. In many cases such as potassium and vitiman D I do not have enough. Most days according to SP I do not have any vitiman D from food at all. I am also lacking vitiman E. I am trying to get the nutrition tracker to be public, but I do not know how to do this.

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Take a look at the food you do not eat. There are amino acids and minerals and enzymes that they have and the veggie choices you do eat are great but are you missing some things? Find out what is missing and add it back as a supplement. Are you getting enough of Omega 3 vitamin “E” of EPA and DHA? Are you cooking a lot or is some of those whole foods juiced including the seeds? Are you taking a multi mineral supplement including boron, molybdenum, and vanadium in ‘micro’ amounts? Do you miss the amino acids and polypeptides of meat? ‘Live’ is still live if the cooking is gentle and hitting high heat range for seconds can destroy nutrients. A combo of raw and cooked is usually recommended by doctors. When food is cooked it changes the particle structures. A tomato is good but a cooked tomato will help release lycopene when a raw one will help release to digest and absorb much less.

Nuts do have protein; they also have different amino acid values. I can not eat nuts due to the high concentration of arginine amino acid over lysine amino acid. This blocks and stifles my ability to resist viral invasions.

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I have been told that nuts have protein and that spinich have iron. I am like you in that I am allergic to a lot. My allergies are chocolate, peanuts, beets, wheat, dairy, shellfish, potaotoes, and coffee.

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Is there a good health food/grocery store in your area? here we go to Whole Food's Market but Trader Joes, Rainbow Blossom, or Fresh Market are other good choices. I know what you mean about feeling like you can't eat anything. I went through that for a while and the struggle to eat with family, in or out. My husband and I started going to all kinds of different ethnic restaurants that are allergy/vegan/vegetarian friendly. We made it an adventure to try all kinds of new foods. We have tried Thai, Morrocan, Ethiopian, vegan, Mongolian Grill (pick what you want and have them cook it!) and many others. We search the health food markets for new and unusual foods and experiment with cooking them. This helps if you have an allergy rotation diet too. That's a real struggle to deal with. This adventure idea turned having 12 food allergies and eating mostly vegan into something fun. ( My disclaimer- LOL I don't want to offend anyone who's strict vegetarian or vegan but for me to get enough protein since I'm allergic to most plant proteins I sometimes eat fish. I want to live too. ) emoticon

We get used books from a Half Price Bookstore for recipes and Amazon.com lists some cookbooks for allergic Vegans and some are used and cheap. We have a cookbook of vegetarian/vegan recipes from around the world and we experiment. Be brave with your cooking. Experiment with all kinds of spices and seasonings!!

I have to concentrate on all the new things I'm trying and forget what I CAN'T have. Besides the new stuff is so much healthier. I take supplements/vitamins/minerals/herbs and rotate the protein powders, I still sometimes have trouble getting enough protein.

Hope these ideas help you!

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Hello, I am almost 30 and married to a vegan, it is kinda easy since I have so many food allergies I cannot eat dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, anything with gluten. Lets just say I use a lot of almond based products. I need more protein and calcium in my diet without getting sick. I run almost everyday and my husband and I are very active. I feel very malnurished some days though. I am hoping to find some recipes that can help me out and if anyone has some input.

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